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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's time for the next contestant on...


Okay, the first contestant on my blog, but who's counting.

I am currently up to my eyeballs planning and executing a gala. It is an annual event at my job and it is quite a to-do. We generally have 550-650 guests (we're up to 640 right now), two parts to the event at two venues (with very meticulous seating requirements at both), transportation issues, a sit-down dinner, etc. It's like throwing a really big wedding every year without the wedding gifts.

I am asking for tales of event planning going awry. (Geez, I hope I'm not jinxing myself...) Here are the rules:

1. All stories must be true. I trust you.
2. The event can be large or small, from a birthday party to a gala.
3. You must be the event planner (or one of the event planning team.)
4. The story that elicits the greatest response from me (whether it be raucous laughter or sympathetic winces from someone who has been there) will win. (Yes, it's all very subjective.)
5. All entries must be posted in the comments to this blog entry by November 16. (This date may be of some significance...) The winner will be announced at some point during the following week (when I recover.)

So, here's the important part...what you win! Sock yarn. Delicious, beautiful sock yarn. I have been on a mad binge, collecting sock yarn from many independent Etsy sellers. The winner (and perhaps a randomly drawn entrant) will get something wonderful plucked from the sock yarn stash.

I just hope there are enough of you out there to make this a good contest.


Jodee said...

Hi Angela - I don't have any horror stories to tell, just wanted to say hi now that I've found your blog. Nice meeting you at the Dulaan knit in last week.

ikkinlala said...

I don't plan very many events, and most of the ones I have helped plan have gone smoothly (touch wood). The worst error was probably when my friends and I planned a surprise party for a friend - and fooled him too well, so he ended up arriving a few hours late.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I hope your gala goes well. My fingers are crossed for you!

(But if things do go wrong in a spectacular or funny way, please do write about it...)